Archive for August, 2009

Teddy Was No Gipper

August 27, 2009

It didn’t take long for Democrats to seize upon the death of Senator Ted Kennedy as a political opportunity.  ABC News reports:

Democrats are hoping that the memory of Sen. Ted Kennedy will revive the Democratic Party’s flagging push for health care reform.”You’ve heard of ‘win one for the Gipper’? There is going to be an atmosphere of ‘win one for Teddy,'” Ralph G. Neas, the CEO of the liberal National Coalition on Health Care, told ABC News.

Democrats are hoping that Kennedy’s influence in death may be even stronger than it was when he was alive as they push for President Obama’s top domestic priority. Democratic officials hope that invoking Kennedy’s passion for the issue will counter slippage in support for health care reform.

I think this is simply more evidence of desperation on the part of the majority party because of their inability to sell their ideas to the American public.  Can’t win a debate on the merits?  Then try to win it on sentimentality! 

The problem is that the average American cares very little about what Ted Kennedy would have wanted.  Ted Kennedy has been out of touch with the heartland of America for decades now.  It is almost comical to think that “Win one for Teddy” could be mentioned in the same sentence with “Win one for the Gipper.”  Teddy was no Gipper, and thus the attempt to circumvent the debate over merits and push the sentimentality argument is not likely to go anywhere, even among people who are normally dragged along by their heart strings.  Outside the staunchly liberal northeast and the Beltway, Ted Kennedy really doesn’t have much of a hold on anyone’s heart strings. 

When will the Democrats learn that when you are in a hole, you should stop digging?

More Uncertainty

August 25, 2009

Adam met with his oncologist today.  Basically, the bottom line right now is that we do not know what exactly he is facing.  The oncologist is using Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) as his working diagnosis, but Adam’s symptoms are not typical for this form of cancer.  More tests are underway, and we expect to know more early next week.

AML is an aggressive form of cancer that typically requires aggressive chemotherapy treatment.  I am praying that it will turn out to be something else, something that will not require such a hard fight.  But whatever the case may be, I am commending my brother to the gracious care of the Lord.  Please keep praying with me.

The First Big Hurdle

August 24, 2009

Thank you to those of you who have been praying for my brother Adam in his battle with cancer.  Join me in giving thanks to God that we seem to have cleared the first big hurdle: Adam’s PET scan indicates no evidence that the cancer has spread.  This is wonderful news.  God has given us what we asked for. 

Now it is time to develop a treatment plan.  Please pray for Adam’s oncologist to have great skill and wisdom for this and for the treatment to be effective.  And pray for Adam and his wife, Amanda, as they likely will have to endure some difficult days ahead when the treatment gets underway.  I will keep posting updates here.

Prayer Request

August 22, 2009

To those readers who believe in and pray to the sovereign, gracious, triune God of Scripture, I have a request for you: please pray for my older brother, Adam.  He was diagnosed with cancer on Wednesday.  He had a PET scan on Friday to determine the extent of it.  Results are expected on Tuesday.  I have prayed for and am looking for good news from those test results. 

And might I recommend John Piper’s article, written several years ago during his own battle with cancer, as a guide to your prayers?  It is entitled “Don’t Waste Your Cancer.”

Thank you so much for praying.

Interesting

August 13, 2009

Candidate Barack Obama leads a movement in which masses of people enter the political arena for the first time.  He is hailed as an inspiring figure.

During the first year of President Barack Obama’s presidency, conservatives begin to enter the political process in massive numbers in opposition to his policies, and they are demonized as angry, manipulative, violent mobs whose only goal is to stifle debate and impose their will. 

To paraphrase Rush Limbaugh, why is a community organizer so upset that communities are organizing?

The Domestication of Scripture

August 7, 2009

I make no secret of the fact that I fall on the conservative side of the political spectrum.  I believe most of the tenets of political conservatism as it exists today arise from a biblical worldview.

But what happens when a political philosophy ascends to a position above Scripture itself and then functions as a grid through which Scripture may be read?  What happens when politics attempts to employ the Word of God to further its own agenda?  You end up with travesties like The Green Bible and The Patriot’s Bible.  The first leans left, and the other leans right, but both elevate a human political agenda above divine revelation, particularly above the central message of the Bible, the gospel of Jesus Christ.  (Go here and click on promotional video #2 to see blasphemy on display).

Both Bibles represent particular communities on the theological left and right that have subordinated Scripture to something else.  Both represent distorted theologies that fail to hear the gospel for what it is: God’s rejection of all human agendas in the exaltation of Christ crucified.  Environmental care and American patriotism are important subjects that must be informed by the truth of divine revelation.  But they are not the controlling frameworks within which Scripture should be read.

The fact that Christians from widely different theological and political perspectives can err in similar ways is indicative of the fact that we are all idolators at heart.  We all prefer our own agendas over God’s holy Word.  And sometimes we even bless and baptize our idolatry by using it to shrink wrap our new Bibles.